Signed lower right: PAUL SAMPLE; stamped on top stretcher reverse: The Eric Galleries / 61 East 57 St., New York, N.Y. 10022 / 212 371-9279; handwritten in black magic marker, on top stretcher reverse: Cat. #2; stamped on right stretcher reverse: ANCOBILT [within shape of palette and with image of an open compass dividing ANCO and BILT] 19; stamped on left stretcher reverse: HATFIELDS COLOR SHOP / 259 BOYLSTON ST. / BOSTON, MASS. [illegible circular stamp to its left] 19; gum label on frame reverse: WESCHLER’S / 905 E. ST., N.W. / WASHINGTON, D.C. / (202) 628-1281 / MARGIN # / LOT # x387-S; inscribed in different black marker, on frame reverse: Box 34-96; in red crayon, on frame reverse: 5477; and in graphite, on frame reverse: 19862.
Possibly with Van der Straeten Gallery, New York (if painted in late 1960s); Eric Galleries, New York (gallery founded in 1971); possibly with Sotheby’s, in the late 1970s or early 1980s (per Paula Glick, Sample authority and former employee of Capricorn Galleries); probably purchased by Capricorn Galleries, Potomac, Maryland (per Paula Glick; or perhaps it was transferred to Capricorn from Eric Galleries after the death of Seward Eric in 1972?); sold by Capricorn Galleries (to whom?—per Paula Glick); Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, April 17, 2010, lot 585; Owen and Anna Wells, Falmouth, Maine; given to present collection, 2014.
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